The Indian Navy launched guided missile destroyer ‘Imphal’ at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders in Mumbai.Imphal is the third ship to be launched under Project 15B. The ship successfully slipped into the waters at 12:20 pm.
The Indian Navy has achieved enhanced stealth features in the new destroyer through the shaping of the hull and use of radar transparent deck fittings, which make the ships difficult to detect.
The ship, comprising state-of-the-art equipments, is expected to contribute to achieving the Indian Navy’s dream of transforming from a “buyers” to a “builders” Navy.
The warships built under the project are propelled by four gas turbines to achieve speed in excess of 30 knots. They have a length of 163 metres and 17.4 metres at the beam and a displacement of 7.300 tonnes. The ships are built to carry and operate two multiple role helicopters. The first ship of Project 15B, a guided missile destroyer christened ‘Visakhapatnam’, was launched on April 20, 2015.